Meet the teachers:

Toni-Marie Foster (Retired)

Owner of Dance Addiction Studios                              

UKA Ballroom and Latin American Licentiate qualified teacher and adjudicator, member of the British Dance Council and Dance Promoters’ Association

Toni-Marie grew up in a dance school owned by her parents in the West Midlands and has experience of competing through medal and open competitions up to an international level. From 2005, when she turned 18 Toni-Marie worked on P&O cruises as a dance teacher and social dance host and since moving to Surrey has taught her own private lessons and classes as well as hosting social dances and competitive practices in Surrey. She started to run dance competitions in 2009 as TMFDance and her events are now amongst the best attended and most successful in the UK. Toni-Marie is married to Dan Baxter who is 3 times British Senior Ballroom Champion and they have two beautiful daughters!

John Townsend                                            

Studio Manager & Marketing Manager

John is a current competitor in the senior (O’35) Ballroom category and competes at an international level. He and his partner Sabine are previous UK champions, have been UK and British National finalists for many years, and have represented England at the World Championships 10 times. As a couple they have been dance hosts on P&O cruises and train with some of the best coaches in the world.

Adelmo Mandia & Leah Rolfe

Current top level Amateur Latin competitors                                               

 

 As already successful Ballroom and Latin dancers, Leah and Adelmo joined forces in 2012 and have competed at a very high level internationally and are regular top end finalists in all of the UK’s major championships. They are currently ranked 2nd in the UK’s National league. In 2014, they were part of the Latin super group ‘Kings and Queens’, who were in the Semi Finals of ‘Britain’s got Talent’. Leah and Adelmo are also teachers for P&O cruises and performed for her majesty the Queen at the naming ceremony of ‘Britannia’.

Victoria Feneley  (Retired)

Current Professional Latin American Competitor                                                          

 

Victoria began her dancing career aged 10 in styles including Disco, Rock & Roll, Street-dance, Cheer-dance, Ballet, Tap, Modern & Ballroom & Latin. Since then, she has competed worldwide, representing England in both World Open and Closed Championships. Victoria is an associate member of the UKA and adjudicates and trains medallists and competitors. Victoria is engaged to Neil and they have a beautiful boy named Blake.

 Djordje Tanasijevic 

Djordje Tanasijevic is an award winning Professional Latin dancer (British and Serbian National finalist) and has been studying the art of dance for most of his life.

Djordje, originally from Serbia, started dancing from the age 9. From the age of 10, he began to travel to many competitions abroad representing his country. Later, Djordje moved to Slovenia to train with some of the best coaches in the world, and following that, moved to England.

Djordje has taught from the age of 15 in his home country and abroad. His teaching credentials are impressive and include a wide range of well-known dance schools in the UK and abroad. Also he was a 2012 and 2013 ISTD Congress Lecturer, and 2014 IDTA Congress Lecturer. He has also been involved with TV and films such as Children in Need, Cuban Fury, Comic relief and many more.

He is also part of the team who bring the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing to P&O cruises, and had the honor to dance for the Queen at Britannia's naming ceremony.

Mari Sasayama

IDTA Associate Ballroom and Latin teacher

 

BA hons in Dance and Culture at University of Surrey

MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Univeristy of Roehampton

ADMP (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK) qualified DMP. 

 

Mari  started to dance for training as a gymnast. She also has training in jazz, jazz ballet, contemporary, classic ballet, African dance and Indian classic dance (Kathak). Mari has taught for many years and has put many pupils through their exams.

Bruce Jaco (Retired)

Bruce was first introduced to Ballroom and Latin at the age of 21 through Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios in South Africa, they held annual national comps in which Bruce and his partner Kathrine came 2nd and 1st in regionals, Bruce also performed in Durban’s longest running Dance production "Shall we Dance" at the Durban Playhouse Company where he was mentored by Neville Letard who also mentored Andrew Cuerden and choreographer Mark Wilson.

 

Bruce then decided to make a career of Dancing in the U.K but due to unforeseen circumstances had a break from Dancing.

 

However Bruce decided to pursue his Love and Passion once again and is now currently a student teacher at Dance Addiction Studios and is also pursuing his qualification as a Dance Instructor through the I.D.T.A.

 

Bruce also has a Beautiful Son by the name of Rielly, who he hopes will one day share the same Passion his Dad has for Dance.

Linda Cannon

Linda started dancing at the age of 7 and as a junior she took medal examinations and also entered medal competitions.  At 16 she took a break from dancing and several years later after raising a family, she returned to Ballroom and Latin American dancing.  After a period of time she decided she wanted to start teaching and has been an IDTA Associate qualified teacher since 2011 and teaches pupils at a variety of levels.

 Marion Rivenell  (Retired)

IDTA Associate Ballroom and Latin teacher

 

Marion started dancing at the age of 8 and worked her way through the the medalist system. After a large break she was given the opportunity to train as a teacher and qualified with the IDTA at  the Associate level. She has been teaching now for 17 years and has successfully trained pupils in taking their medals too. Recently, she started to compete again and came second in a competition in London.